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Holocaust Memorial Day – 27 January

Holocaust Memorial Day will this year take place on Friday 27 January with a theme of ordinary people. Held each year on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi camp, Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is a day to remember the Holocaust and its six million Jewish victims, as well as the victims of Nazi persecution of other groups and more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. 

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) was created in 2005 to promote and support HMD. It aims to commemorate and increase knowledge of the Holocaust, Nazi persecution of other groups and subsequent genocides, illustrated by the experiences of people who were persecuted, and to promote a society free from identity-based hostility and persecution. 

This year, the charity is stressing the role that ordinary people played in the Holocaust and other genocides – both as persecutors and victims. 

How to get involved 

The HMDT will be screening the full commemoration online from 7pm on Thursday 26 January.

You are encouraged to Join the nation and Light the Darkness at 4pm on Friday 27 January by lighting a candle and displaying it in your window, to remember those who were murdered and to stand against division and hatred. Find out more here: Holocaust Memorial Day Trust | Light the darkness ( 

Brighton Quakers will be opening the Friends Meeting House on Ship Street in Brighton & Hove from 12.30pm to 5.30pm on Friday 27 January for those wishing to come in person and light a candle.  

LatestTV and The Brighton and Hove Holocaust Education Project, supported by Brighton & Hove City Council and the Brighton & Hove Jewish Representative Council, are also holding a special commemorative event, from 10am-11.30am on 27 January 2023 at Hove Town Hall. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to

A wide range of wellbeing support is available to you through the university, familiarise yourself with your support system.

Katy Croft • 26 January 2023

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